Finally, the big core update of WordPress has arrived. The new core includes new features as well as it’s already famous Gutenberg Content Editor.
Updating things always should be a positive thing, for some people might sound a scary task, and for others nothing to care about. The reality is that updating is always a good idea, but it should always be done carefully. Otherwise, it could really affect your business if you are updating a site to a non-compatible website and accidentally breaks it.
In this post, I will discuss why you should be updating and how to do it safely so it won’t give you any compatibility issues.
So… why should you update?
Updates are always important not only because of the release of new features that it brings but for the security updates and enhancements that it provides. Hackers are always looking for ways into your system, and if you are not constantly updating they might be able to find a weak spot and hack your entire business. That’s because updating should always be a yes on any platform you have sensitive information, and you need it to not be accessed by the public.
Besides security, which is probably the most important reason to update. The features that each update includes could be very exciting for some people and is always nice to have, they are normally added to improve user experience and increase accessibility through any corner of a platform. As for the latest version of WP 5.0, the new updates that are included in the core are REST API improvements which are very important for developers to access the databases via REST and making the ability to create more complex applications.
Theme updates are also an exciting new feature. One update that comes with the new core is the new default theme “Twenty Nineteen”. This new theme gives the default WordPress installation a way modern look and comes optimized with the support of the new Gutenberg Editor.
The Big — Gutenberg
This version of WordPress finally comes with the well-discussed Gutenberg Editor.
This editor, being the most expected feature of WordPress, revolutionizes the way of publishing posts and pages. Its well-developed editor could beneficiate a lot to the people who want to handle their business site by themselves instead of having someone else doing it, you can review a more extensive review of the Gutenberg editor here.
Steps to Update WordPress
Now, if you feel like these updates deserve a chance, here are couple of steps you could follow in order to update to the last version of WordPress in a safe way without any chance of breaking the site and affecting your business.
Check that you are not in the middle of a high peak season.
First of all, it is important that your website or store is not going through a high peak season, since this update is a major one that changes lots of sensitive files within the core. I would recommend going through this update on a low season to avoid giving your users a bad experience.
Make a backup
Backup is always necessary since in case the site breaks by any reason, you have an actual copy of your curre